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Originally Posted by avesdude View Post

It is easily possible, especially given your location.

Here in Cali your power bills are generally billed on a sliding scale.

For the first say 100KWH you are billed the normal rate, say $0.15 ($15.00)
For 100-130% of that you are billed at 1.5 times the normal rate (the next 30 KWH cost $6.75, total $21.75)
For 130-200% you are billed 2 times the normal rate (the next 70 KWH cost $21.00, total $42.75)
And everything after that is something like 3 times the normal rate (say you use another 100KWH, costing $45.00, bringing your total to $87.75).

The first line of that is based on average usage in your area. 100KWH is just for demonstration. Your utility may charge a different base rate, but I have personally seen $300 power bills since hundreds of KWH were billed at the 3x rate. Five college dudes living in a house leaving 5 computers, PS3, and gameserver running 24/7.

EDIT Meaning it is the addition of a third person pushing your billing into new brackets causing such a dramatic increase

This. Compare your kwh usage now to before you moved in.
My sig rig accounts for about a third of our power bill.
 
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Oh btw, as long as I've lived here, I've never seen a $40 elec bill, never.
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post #23 of 31
Yeah. I took a look. You are served by Southern California Edison. Five tier sliding scale.
http://www.sce.com/CustomerService/billing/tiered-rates/understanding-tiered-rates.htm

Their average residential rate in 2011, which is published by the CA government, was $0.16. Seems like the rates listed on that website, even though they are "representative" might be realistic.

The short answer is, cutting even a little consumption will have a dramatic effect on the bill, since it will prevent you from hitting the god-tier 5 utility rates. Maybe set your computer up to sleep after 20 minutes or something?

Good luck man. Peace
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Have the bill in hand.

Last year: 12.3 kWh
This year: 22.6 kWh

So the power has almost doubled from last year, but the bill has over tripled. I just barely hit Tier 4 as well. I guess the Tier system is whats killing me. I can try to use my netbook more i guess, im sure i could cut out 4-5 hours a day from my desktop but its going to get really annoying really fast. Probably end up shut on and off my desktop at least 5-6 times a day. Wish I had known those Kuhlers would raise my idle so much, I think thats doing me in a lot.
post #25 of 31
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Have the bill in hand.

Last year: 12.3 kWh
This year: 22.6 kWh

So the power has almost doubled from last year, but the bill has over tripled. I just barely hit Tier 4 as well. I guess the Tier system is whats killing me. I can try to use my netbook more i guess, im sure i could cut out 4-5 hours a day from my desktop but its going to get really annoying really fast. Probably end up shut on and off my desktop at least 5-6 times a day. Wish I had known those Kuhlers would raise my idle so much, I think thats doing me in a lot.

I doubt it, they shouldn't consume that much power, the biggest thing is propably your old SLI setup that is actually showing up.

I wen't up over 20€ in the electricity bill from adding a second card to my setup :l
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You have edison right? Look at the bill. It will show you the history, what your home consumed last year and the year before that. Was it really 40 a month? right now since it's cold, are you guys running the gas? It takes electricity to run the ventilation, etc. Gas bill should be spiking up good too.

Sorry, that just made me LOL....

OP

That doesn't make any sense, there is something else wrong.
 
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post #27 of 31
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I doubt it, they shouldn't consume that much power, the biggest thing is propably your old SLI setup that is actually showing up.

I wen't up over 20€ in the electricity bill from adding a second card to my setup :l

When I last tested with a 50 watt idle, it was the same rig with the same oc. The only thing different about it now is the addition of the kuhlers. Its the exact same in every other way.
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Oh btw, as long as I've lived here, I've never seen a $40 elec bill, never.

Yes. I'm a PG&E user, and I think it's like $40 just to be connected to the grid.
    
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When I last tested with a 50 watt idle, it was the same rig with the same oc. The only thing different about it now is the addition of the kuhlers. Its the exact same in every other way.

Maybe you are just using it a lot more than you used to? Or are the pumps on the Kuhlers really that power hungry?
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I just tested usage while watching a 720p+ stream. Uses 190-210 watts, which isnt all that much more considering my idle was 153.
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